Medical Abortion (Abortion Pill) Services
Arizona Abortion Law Requirement
***At least 24 hours prior to having your abortion, you will need to review the state mandated information about your abortion in person with the doctor.****
This law does require an extra appointment. We will also be doing an ultrasound and checking blood type and hemoglobin for anemia.
You can read this information ahead of time: State of Arizona medical abortion mandate [pdf]
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Camelback Family Planning offers the Abortion Pill (Medication Abortion) up to 9 6/7 weeks from last menstrual period
What is RU 486 (Abortion Pill) medical abortion with Mifeprex?
Mifeprex is a non-invasive, non-surgical option for ending an early pregnancy. It can be safely taken up to 69 days after the first day of the last menstrual period and is 95-98% effective.
Actually, two medications are used in order to end the pregnancy.
Mifeprex, commonly referred to as RU486, is FDA approved and works by blocking the hormone progesterone, which is needed to maintain a very early pregnancy. Mifeprex has been available to American women since November 2000 after the FDA approved it. It has been successfully used in dozens of countries by millions of women all over the world for over 30 years. Many women report medical abortion as being “private” and “more like a miscarriage”.
Misoprostol is a prostaglandin-like medication which has been FDA approved for several years. The drug has been used in obstetrics to induce labor and to treat stomach ulcers. The most commonly reported side effects are nausea, vomiting, chills, fever and diarrhea of brief duration. No other side effects or adverse reactions have been reported at the dosage used in this method of pregnancy termination. Misoprostol will help the uterus to expel the pregnancy.
How does it work?
At the State required visit, you will be fully informed of the risks and benefits of the non-surgical method of pregnancy termination. We will review your medical history and perform a gynecological examination with a sonogram to determine the exact duration of your pregnancy. Our staff will discuss your choice of non-surgical abortion, and you will have the opportunity to ask any questions. A small blood sample will be drawn to test for the Rh factor and hemoglobin.
At least 24 hours later (per AZ state law), Mifeprex will be taken orally at your scheduled appointment in the office. It is followed by the Misoprostol tablets at home 24 to 48 hours later. You will be given a prescription for Norco to take for cramping as needed. A medicine for nausea can be given to you in the office or to take home. You will receive a Rhogam injection if you’re RH negative.
The vast majority of women will completely expel the uterine contents within 6 hours after the Misoprostol. You will experience vaginal bleeding similar to a heavy menstrual period and cramps that may be intense. This discomfort will only last 2-3 hours or so.
How do I know if it has worked?
One week later at your second visit to the office, you will be evaluated to determine the completeness of the abortion. Contraception will be discussed and prescribed. Most women will continue to bleed lightly for up to 10-14 days. If the pregnancy tissue has not passed, you might need a D&C or to repeat the Misoprostol.
If you would like to save time on the day of your first office visit, you can print the required forms, fill them out, and bring them with you.
- Go to www.earlyoptionpill.com for more information.
- To read more about the medical abortion and see a more detailed comparison of the pros and cons of both methods, visit http://prochoice.org/education-and-advocacy/about-abortion/abortion-facts/.
After meeting with the doctor, you can schedule your appointment for the abortion.
Feel free to call our office at any time if you have any questions regarding your care. You will have an opportunity to ask Dr. Goodrick and the staff any additional questions on the day of your appointment.